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  1. Redstar

    relationships during the IB?

    I had a girlfriend throughout IB and ended up with a 44. It's definitely possible to maintain a healthy relationship during IB. There's no point in avoiding relationships just because of IB. Depending on which university you end up going to, it's very likely that your workload will increase. So what then, avoid relationships until you finish university? Of course, some sacrifices will have to be made, as in sometimes you'll have to see your significant other less times than you're used to. Just make sure he/she understands this.
  2. I remember being way over the word count for my first draft. It was about 8000 words. I just kept writing and didn't care about the word count. I never imagined how much of a pain it would be to bring it down to the 4000 word limit.
  3. I was 17 when I finished IB. Most of my class was 18, but not by an overwhelming difference. Being 17 wasn't rare.
  4. Redstar

    Math vs Maths

    http://www.dailywritingtips.com/math-or-maths/ Pretty much it varies from country to country. To put it simply, it's "maths" in British English, and it's "math" in American English.
  5. I'm pretty sure you can get into UCLA, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and Queen's University. UC Berkeley will be more difficult, but still possible. Stanford will be very difficult, but you should still apply for sure. You never know. And I recommend, as a previous poster pointed out, that you apply to Cornell. But please note that I am very biased when I say this, because I am currently studying in Cornell. But hey, I'm an international student, so that should show you that you can also get into Cornell, despite the fact that you are an international student. Besides, Cornell will definitely be easier to get into than Stanford, and it is still very prestigious.
  6. Redstar

    Favourite browser?

    Safari and Chrome. Pretty much for the same reasons that Sandwich already pointed out.
  7. Redstar

    Interview the person below you

    Yes, one of them is having to save any document five times before closing it. (I have a mild case of OCD) Have you ever fallen asleep in class?
  8. Redstar

    Are you autistic?

    33. Interesting.
  9. Redstar

    Which IA do you hate the most?

    The Computer Science IA (the program dossier). According to the CS Syllabus I had, average dossiers are from 60-100 pages. Of all the dossier samples our teacher showed us, they were mostly around 150-250 pages. Mine ended up being 472 pages. It wasn't the IA I hated the most, but it was definitely the one that frustrated me the most in terms of how much work I had to do. The one I actually hated the most, because of how boring it was, was definitely my Spanish A1 World Literature Assignment.
  10. Redstar

    Agnostics -why so wishy washy-

    In my opinion, agnostics are more reasonable than believers of God and atheists. First of all, so you don't think I'm biased: I believe in God, I'm not an agnostic. The point of faith is that you believe in something without evidence, without proof. You choose to believe in something without reason, which would therefore, by definition, make it unreasonable. God cannot be proven or disproven, which is why you believe in God's existence, but you do not know of it. That's the whole point behind religion: believing without knowing. So, those who believe in God, but do not claim that he definitely exists, are not wrong, provided that the fine line between "I believe he exists" and "I know he exists" is not crossed. But, of course, they are not correct either, since what they hold is still an unfounded belief, one that cannot be put to the test of experimentation or backed up by evidence. Their belief cannot be proven, nor can it be disproven, since God isn't a theory or a system of theories that makes predictions about the world. He's meant to be a supreme being, one that we cannot comprehend entirely, and therefore cannot test experimentally to try and prove or disprove his existence. Of course, that may sound unreasonable, but that's the whole point behind believing in something without having proof. Of course, there are MANY religious people who make the knowledge claim that "Yes, God exists", which definitely cannot be proven, so it is also unreasonable. On the other side, you have atheists, those who claim that God (or any other deity) does not exist. By making the claim that "God does not exist" one moves from simply stating a personal belief to making a knowledge claim. Any knowledge claim should therefore be able to be tested or have evidence to back it up, however there is no evidence to backup the claim that "God does not exist". And simply stating that he does not exist because there is no evidence of his existence is illogical, since that would assume that nothing exists until there is evidence of its existence, or nothing exists until it is discovered. Religion is based upon belief without proof (i.e. faith), which is unreasonable by definition, but on the other hand atheists make the knowledge claim that God does not exist, while also not having proof for their claim, which is also unreasonable. That leaves us with the agnostics, which in broad terms is the philosophical view that the truth behind God (or any other deity or metaphysical claim) cannot be known. They do not believe in God, but they also understand that he cannot be disproven. Believing that God does not exist is a personal choice, they are not right nor wrong since there is no knowledge regarding his existence. But their claim that the truth behind "God does or does not exist" cannot be known is what makes them different from atheists (and the religious people who state that God's existence is a definite fact). If anything, agnostics are technically the most reasonable ones, in my opinion. I don't think they have to "pick a side" when both sides (atheism and believing in the existence of God) have unreasonable aspects. NOTE: to all atheists and believers, I am not trying to use the word "unreasonable" in an offensive manner to personally suggest you're ignorant or that your belief is nonsense. I'm using it in the literal way, as in "something that does not follow reason".
  11. Redstar

    IB Webcomic

    Heh, I used to draw comics like those when I was in IB but I never got as many ideas as you did. I think I only had about 4 comics. Anyways, yours are really good and I'd definitely like to see more comics (my favourite was the "Solutions to IB"). The colour in the two comics you posted here really made no difference to me, so you don't have to switch to colour just to improve the comics. Unless you personally prefer colour, in which case you should do what you like best. Keep up the good work =)
  12. I did it on Cellular Automata theory and Traffic Simulations. I programmed an existing cellular automata model to simulate one-lane traffic, and then modified it to allow traffic flow in two lanes. The objective was to analyze whether or not the modified simulation was better in terms of efficiency, feasibility, accuracy and reliability. I got an A =) But you don't have to write a program to write a good CS essay. It was just necessary in mine since I was comparing simulations, so I had to program them.
  13. Yeah, that sounds good to me. The surveys allow for a personal analysis and the topic itself of data storage is very computer-science oriented and allows for a LOT of technical discussion. All I can add is that you should try to find sources in the internet or in libraries to backup your analysis when comparing the data storage of mobiles and computers, since good Extended Essays, regardless of subject, should always show evidence of thorough research. Your topic looks really good. Good luck!
  14. I did mine in Computer Science. I'd say it was about 2-3 weeks of constant research during the summer (because I was looking into a field of Computer Science which isn't mentioned in the syllabus, so I had a lot to learn about it). It then took me about 7-9 days to write the program I needed. Time spent actually writing the essay I'd say was about 1 week.
  15. What you quoted (well, the second paragraph) refers to using the computer in a secondary manner with regards to your investigation and still thinking it's a CS essay. For example, a candidate who programs a physics simulation (e.g. a simulation of electrical circuits) and then uses this simulation to test for the relationship of two variables. Sure, he's writing a program in Java, which is computer science-ish, but that doesn't make it a CS essay just because he's applying CS knowledge. The computer is just being used in a secondary manner. He's just writing a program, but the investigation itself is about physics, thus the essay should be a physics essay not a computer science one. This isn't happening in your case. You're using the computer to generate surveys and questionnaires, which the quote you provided states is a valid form to gather information. However, the information you're gathering, and your investigation itself, is about a Computer Science-related field: data storage. You aren't classifying your essay as a CS essay simply because you're using the computer, but because you're actually investigating a Computer Science-related field. So, don't worry about that quote. Now, about your research question, you've definitely narrowed down your question to something specific about mobiles that can fit in 4000 words, so that's good. But I was wondering one thing though, when you say "data storage" in your research question, are you asking about what type of data people store (e.g. people use mobiles to store photos and videos, and they also use the computer to store these types of data) or are you investigating the ways (i.e. the different types of software and hardware) in which data can be stored and how they are different between mobiles and computers? (Or something else I haven't thought of.) If you're investigating the former, then I think it might be a bit too straightforward to see what type of data people store in their mobiles and computers. Of course, I may be wrong and your analysis will actually be a lot more elaborate than what I'm thinking. In any case, your research question seems good to me.

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